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‘It is a pity, but it is a rule’ says Vos of Vårgårda disqualification

'It is a pity, but it is a rule' says Vos of Vårgårda disqualification

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) was the rider who raised her hands on the finish line of the PostNord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race , but it will…

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Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) was the rider who raised her hands on the finish line of the PostNord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race , but it will be the name of Trek-Segafredo’s Audrey Cordon-Ragot who appears in the race palmarès after Vos was disqualified over half an hour after the race was run, just before she was to go on the podium.

The post-race broadcast showed how a UCI commissaire approached the waiting Vos , Cordon-Ragot, and Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM), who was third across the line, and started talking to Vos. There was a brief discussion, then Vos picked up her backpack and walked away while the commissaire talked to Cordon-Ragot , who didn’t seem to like the outcome of the situation.

“When I was in that ‘puppy paw position’, I quickly realised it was not allowed. I immediately switched to the correct position. Apparently, it was enough for the UCI to disqualify me," said Vos who did not argue the decision and accepted the disqualification.

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"We’ll have to accept their decision. It is a pity, but it is a rule, and it is strictly enforced. You usually don’t ride in that position. I feel bad about it because I did not benefit from it, but rules are rules.”

The ‘puppy paw position’ was one of several riding positions that had […]

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